Definition of burrawang in English:


(also burrawong)


  • 1An Australian cycad with palmlike leaves and a sunken underground trunk.

    • ‘Up the slope of the mountain the scrub is less, and massed burrawangs hang out their fronds as if to repel the wanderer.’
    • ‘Hardy brush box, native elm and tuckeroo tower on the ridge tops above the low understorey of palm-like burrawangs.’
    • ‘In the foreground are burrawangs and beautiful native wattle in flower.’
    • ‘Spotted gums with a canopy of burrawangs form the main plant community in the park.’
    • ‘Further afield there are grevilleas, burrawangs, tree ferns, huge native grass trees and towering gums to get lost in.’
    1. 1.1 The poisonous nut of the burrawang, which loses its toxicity after prolonged soaking and becomes edible.
      • ‘Burrawang is a nut that is present only in the coastal fringes.’
      • ‘The original terrain was full of eucalypt, figs, geebungs, yams and burrawang nuts.’


Early 19th century: from Dharuk.